John Russell, 7th Earl Russell

John Francis Russell, 7th Earl Russell, is a Liberal Democrat politician. He was born in 1971,[1] the son of Conrad Russell, 5th Earl Russell, grandson of Bertrand Russell and great-great-grandson of John Russell, 1st Earl Russell, who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1864 to 1865. He succeeded to the earldom on the death of his brother Nicholas Russell, 6th Earl Russell, on 17 August 2014.

Russell served as a Liberal Democrat councillor on Lewisham Borough Council 2006-10 and was the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Greenwich and Lewisham Greater London Assembly seat in 2012.

Russell is the current serving chairman of trustees for the adventure learning charity Wide Horizons. He discovered adventure as a teenager when visiting one of Wide Horizons centres in Wales (Ty'n y Berth) and since then has been passionate about providing disadvantaged children with opportunities for adventures, for their education and development. Russell joined the board of Wide Horizons in 2006 and became Chair in 2012. Wide Horizons is one of the largest charities of its kind in the UK and in 2012/3 delivered adventure to more than 38,000 children.


Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Nicholas Russell
Earl Russell
Succeeded by
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